Election 2014

A cornfield behind Antioch University Midwest on Dayton could become a business park called the CBE.
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The Greene County Public Library was one of several dozen Ohio library systems asking voters for money. The library was asking for a 9/10-mill increase and renewal of its previous five-year levy. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, unofficial results show the levy passing with 58 percent of the voters approving the measure.

Republican Josh Mandel has defeated Democratic state Rep. Connie Pillich for a second term as Ohio's treasurer.

Mandel successfully campaigned on his accomplishments of investing safely and cutting office costs. His win Tuesday came in one of the year's most competitive contests.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown had defeated Mandel two years ago after a bruising campaign. Revelations during that race that Mandel hired friends into state jobs and repeatedly failed to attend meetings of a key board he chaired contributed to his loss and were seen as advantageous to Pillich.

Republican Sharon Kennedy has been re-elected to the Ohio Supreme Court by defeating Democratic state Rep. Tom Letson.

Kennedy was first elected as one of the high court's seven members in 2012. Before that, she was an administrative judge on the Butler County Domestic Relations Court, a magistrate and a warrant officer.

The 52-year-old from Liberty Township was endorsed by the Ohio affiliates of the National Rifle Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business, among others.

Kasich, DeWine, and Husted Win Re-election In Ohio

Nov 4, 2014
Connie Wehrkamp, Kasich for Ohio

It looks like Republican Governor John Kasich has won re-election by defeating Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald accoding toi the Associated Press. Early indications are that turnout was low across the state.

Tuesday's victory was expected after campaign missteps by FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, left him seriously behind in polls and fundraising.

FitzGerald's troubles and the lack of a U.S. Senate race or any statewide ballot issues were among factors keeping people from the polls.

Republican Dave Yost has defeated Democrat John Patrick Carney to win a second term as Ohio's state auditor.

Yost had been seen as one of the year's most vulnerable incumbents, after winning by a narrow margin four years ago.

He elevated the office's profile during his four-year term through efforts to audit Republican Gov. John Kasich's privatized job-creation office, JobsOhio, and through a statewide investigation of potential attendance tampering at public schools across Ohio.

Preliminary results of exit polls have found that about half of the voters in Ohio are giving President Barack Obama a failing grade for his job performance.

Also, about half of Ohioans say they think Obama's federal health care law went too far while just 2 in 5 thought it didn't do enough.

But about half say Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich has done a good job of handling implementation of the law. The governor has been criticized by some conservatives over his decision to expand Medicaid under the new law. He faced Democrat Ed FitzGerald.

John Boehner
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All 435 seats in Congress are on the line in today's election, including a few in the Miami Valley. House Speaker John Boehner is facing Democratic challenger Thomas Poetter in Ohio’s 8th district. Poetter is an education professor at Miami University with little political experience. Boehner’s district is predominantly Republican and wraps around the north and west sides of Dayton.

Election Day is less than 24 hours away, but the Greene County Board of Elections could still use a few more poll workers. 

Greene County Board of Elections Director Llyn McCoy states that the county is still short of people to work the polls Tuesday. She stated that usually there are four workers, two Republicans and two Democrats that  are present at each of the county’s 146 precincts. But this year, due to a shortage of people, workers have been trained to work in team's of three.

"No Campaigning Beyond This Point," a sign from the 2008 election in Ohio. voting voters
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Voters who haven’t voted early go to the polls Tuesday to elect a slew of statewide offices and decide on many local issues. The state offices up for grabs include governor, attorney general, secretary of state and seats on the state school board and the state Supreme Court.

In the Miami Valley, three Republican U.S. Congressmen are facing challenges: John Boehner in the 8th, Mike Turner in the 10th and Steve Chabot in the 1st U.S. district.

Republican State Senator Bill Beagle of Ohio’s 5th district is defending his seat against Democrat Dee Gillis in a race that has become both expensive and contentious. 

Gillis has spent seven years as a Tipp City councilwoman, serving as mayor for four years. She says she’s running for state senate to make a difference.

“I want to be sure that we have good paying jobs," she says. "We need to be sure that we have good public schools that our children have what they need to make it in the world.”